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In kapok blooming season, flowers set the sky on fire in Vietnam

Thursday, April 01, 2021, 09:45 GMT+7
In kapok blooming season, flowers set the sky on fire in Vietnam
Two majestic kapok trees grow in Trung Thanh Pagoda in the northern coastal city of Hai Phong. Photo: Nguyen Huong / Tuoi Tre

In late March, kapok trees splash thousands of reddish orange dots over Tonkin villages’ skies in Vietnam.

For many people born and raised in the country's northern delta, majestic kapok trees with their fiery velvet-like blooms have become part of their childhood.

Stepping on dirt roads covered by fallen flowers and adoring tall trunks aging over the years, one may feel something awakening deep inside – a sense of renewal and nostalgia.

A kapok tree stands by the Da River in Quynh Nhai District, northern mountainous province of Son La. Photo: Van Duy / Tuoi Tre

A kapok tree stands by the Da River in Quynh Nhai District, Son La Province, Vietnam. Photo: Van Duy / Tuoi Tre

A kapok tree has its specially shaped trunk spotted in Thai Thuy District, Thai Binh Province. Photo: Van Duy / Tuoi Tre

A kapok tree has its specially shaped trunk spotted in Thai Thuy District, Thai Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Van Duy / Tuoi Tre

A kapok tree is seen in Kien Xuong District, Thai Binh Province. Photo: Van Duy / Tuoi Tre

A kapok tree is seen in Kien Xuong District, Thai Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Van Duy / Tuoi Tre

An ancient kapok tree blooms by the entrance to Dong Ky Village in Quynh Phu District, northern province of Thai Binh. Photo: Van Duy / Tuoi Tre

An ancient kapok tree blooms by the entrance to Dong Ky Village in Quynh Phu District, Thai Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Van Duy / Tuoi Tre

A woman poses under an ancient kapok tree in Quang Binh Province. Photo: Van Duy / Tuoi Tre

A woman poses under an ancient kapok tree in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Van Duy / Tuoi Tre

Another kapok tree is seen along the Da River. Photo: Van Duy / Tuoi Tre

Another kapok tree is seen along the Da River in Quynh Nhai District, Son La Province, Vietnam. Photo: Van Duy / Tuoi Tre

During the blooming season, a kapok tree looks outstanding from afar. Photo: Nguyen Huong / Tuoi Tre

During the blooming season, a kapok tree looks outstanding from afar. Photo: Nguyen Huong / Tuoi Tre

Kapok flowers paint the sky red. Photo: Van Duy / Tuoi Tre

Kapok flowers paint the sky red. Photo: Van Duy / Tuoi Tre

A kapok tree has its specially shaped trunk spotted in Thai Thuy District, Thai Binh Province. Photo: Van Duy / Tuoi Tre

A kapok tree has its specially shaped trunk spotted in Thai Thuy District, Thai Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Van Duy / Tuoi Tre

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